Best beaches in Egypt
Sure, you might know Egypt for ancient tombs and stories of Pharaohs, but Egyptian beaches are some of the best on the planet. These beaches have crystal clear water, stunning corals, an abundance of marine life, and are perfect for scuba diving. And
What makes beaches in Egypt so great? Not only is the water crystal clear. Egypt is incredibly sunny almost all year long, and it’s home to stunning desert landscapes and incredible biodiversity. Plus, there are many coastal regions of Egypt, and you can find beaches along the Red Sea, the Mediterranean coast, and along the Gulf of Suez.
We’re ready to hit the surf when you are. Here’s our roundup of the best beaches in Egypt.
Ras Abu Galoum
Located in the Sinai peninsula, this stunning area is secluded, private, and home to picture-perfect beaches. Ras Abu Galoum is so pristine, it’s actually a national park, and is home to an impressive stretch of coral. When you visit Ras Abu Galoum, you’ll find many camps along the beach where you can spend the night. Pro tip? If you love kitesurfing, be sure to visit the area simply known as “The Lagoon,” where there are prime conditions for the sport.
Ras Um Sid
Down in the southern Sinai peninsula you’ll find the beach paradise that is Sharm el-Sheikh, and here is where you’ll find Ras Um Sid. Sure, you can visit the well-known Naama Bay, but Ras Um Sid beach is an incredible beachfront escape. With the bluest water you can imagine, you can enjoy an umbrella, sunbeds, have something to eat at the restaurant, and sip on a cool drink. Don’t forget your snorkel, because this area is full of incredible marine life. Plus, Sharm el-Sheikh is home to plenty of beachside resorts, and you can arrive by car or by plane to the Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Some things are popular for good reason, and Naama Bay is one of them. The stunning beaches here are some of the most well-known in the country, and they’re in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula. Naama Bay is a prime destination for travelers from all over the world, and it’s known for its incredible scuba diving and colorful coral reefs. When you visit here, you’ll be near Ras Mohammed National Park, another stunning seaside location that is well worth a visit.
Did you know you can go island hopping in Egypt? Well you can, and you’ll definitely want to add this archipelago to your Egypt bucket list. Located in the nationally protected Wadi El Gemal National Park, these islands are just about as remote as it gets. You can reach these islands by boat, and spend the day enjoying the incredible water. Be sure to pack a lunch: you won’t find much here, but you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.
Some of the best beaches in Egypt are some of the simplest. Along the coastline from Taba to Nuweiba in the Sinai peninsula you’ll find dozens of stunning beaches to explore. From basking in the sun to snorkeling with the colorful marine life, these beaches offer a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, and they come with stunning views of the mountains of Saudi Arabia.
This resort town is known for sea turtles, sea cows (officially called dugongs), incredible reefs, and excellent conditions for kitesurfing. Located along the coast of the Red Sea, it’s a famed destination among divers, and has recently been developed, with plenty of resorts dotting the white sandy beaches. When you’re here, you’re not too far from Wadi el-Gemal National Park, where you can find desert, islands, and more incredible reefs to explore.
Aqua Sun Village
If you want stunning beaches, a kilometer of private coastline, beachfront accommodations, and home-cooked meals, look no further than the Aqua Sun Village. This stretch of Sinai beach is definitely one of the best beaches in Egypt, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy your dream beach vacation. Located just 30 minutes from the Taba Border Crossing in Israel, Aqua Sun has private accommodations on the beach, just steps from the Red Sea itself. With stunning views of desert mountains, a coral reef teeming with life, and delicious meals included, you’ll love every minute of your stay at Aqua Sun Village.
Know before you go: traveling in Egypt
Curious about traveling to the best beaches in Egypt? Here are some thing to keep in mind:
- Visas: Do you need a visa for traveling in Egypt? You might! It depends on where you’re coming from, and where you’re going. If you’re staying exclusively in the southern Sinai peninsula within the areas of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba for 14 days or less, you might be able to get an entry stamp on arrival at the Taba Border. Please check your specific visa needs before planning travel to Egypt.
- Safety: Is Egypt safe for travelers? As with every country, there are certainly places that are safe for travelers. Here at Abraham, we operate in the Sinai Peninsula close to the border with Israel. Southern Sinai is generally considered safe for travel, and the Egyptian government and military goes to great lengths to keep the southern Sinai safe for travelers. For example, you’ll notice many military checkpoints while you travel in Sinai (so be sure to keep your passport handy). If you plan to travel to other parts of Egypt, please check with your home country’s safety guidance.
- Weather & geography: Egypt is mostly mountainous desert, and it also contains valleys (near the Nile River). If you’re traveling in Egypt, please keep in mind that it is typically very hot and dry, and you should be prepared for extreme heat in the warmer months, and in the winter, for cool weather at night.
If you want to know more about traveling in the Sinai Peninsula, check out our full Sinai travel guide.
Traveling to Sinai? Aqua Sun Village is waiting for you!
If you’re planning to come to the Middle East and you’re looking to visit the best beaches in Egypt, Aqua Sun Village is waiting to welcome you! With beachfront rooms, 1.5 km of private beach, and tasty local food, we can promise you’ll enjoy every second of your stay. Plus, we’re just a 30-minute drive from the Taba Border Crossing, and can arrange shuttle service to get you to and from the border with ease.
For more information about staying with us at Aqua Sun Village, click here.